Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Esther's Trap for Haman Esther 5

Esther 5:1 "Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house."

After three days of praying and fasting, Esther stands outside the door to the king's inner court where she will either be accepted by the king or sentenced to death. It must have been a lonely and frightening time for her.

The door opened and she went in and the golden scepter was extended toward her which was the sign that the king would hear her.

v4 "And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him."

The king agreed as he had promised Esther after she gained his favor, that he would give her anything up to half his kingdom.

Haman was excited and called his family and advisers together to make the announcement. He thinks he has found favor with the queen after all. I don't know if he realized the connection between her and Mordecai and I'm sure Haman did not know the queen was Jewish.

v12 "Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow am I invited unto her also with the king."

I think there were two gatherings, the first being the one Haman is bragging about and another where Esther drops the hammer on him.

Haman has a problem with his ego and Esther used it as a weapon against him.

v14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made."

Reason has left Haman in his excitement. It appears that he has decided that he can get anything he asked for, now that he has won the favor of both the king and queen.

Next chapter, a sleepless night for the king.

Proverbs 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee; Let thing eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil. 24-27

Esther sets a trap for Haman.

Mordecai and Esther communicate about the decree to kill all Jews.

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